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In 2010 when I first started listening to KLOVE Christian radio, I heard the passion in the words for Jesus. They ignited something inside me I had never found, but had always longed for. They sang of an unconditional love. I had forgotten what it meant to be a Christian. I realized that I was now on the outside looking in, and I wanted to get back in desperately. I wasn't sure at that point how to get what they were singing about, but I knew I wanted it.

 

My past church experiences have not been positive. I found that Christians can be very judgmental. If you're not in their clique then you are an outsider to be looked down on. That never seemed very Christian-like to me. Nor did it make me feel like I wanted to be one of them. The ones who I refer to ask practicing heresy. They preach the Bible, but if you talk the talk you shouldn't you be walking the walk?

 

I'm thinking that if you know God's word then you should be doing what you can to share that wonderful knowledge with those who don't. That's where I'm lacking. I want to care about the souls that do not yet know there is truly something better for them and He's called Jesus Christ. I'm beginning with my son. He tries hard to show patiene and not to tune me out or get angry when I push a little too hard, but I know I haven't penetrated his heart yet. I'm going to let Jesus do that, but I'm still praying every day for him to let this happen. So, if I'm struggling with my own son, how can I possibly attempt this with a stranger? After all, I'm still in the process of walking my own path back to Christ and becoming Born-Again. I still have so many questions myself. How can I effectively answer someone else's?

 

I think that on my judgment, God will look at how I've stood by and watched others suffer and see that I did nothing because I simply thought I could do nothing. I have to believe that all things are possible with God and take head on my sense of responsibility for spreading His word to others while working on my own faith. This blog is going to be about my path in doing so with my failures and, I pray, my accomplishments.

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Comment by Alexina Van Doring on June 26, 2011 at 7:47am
I read something in one of the groups here. A lot of people live in the past, but that is not living in true reality. That is living in storytelling. People tell stories about the experiences they've had, good and bad. True reality is living in the here and now each moment of daily life. I guess I am stuck in the past. I spend too much of my day caught up in thoughts of what has alreday happened and feeling those old feelings. Today I am going to try something different. Today I am going to "live and let God."
Comment by Alexina Van Doring on June 24, 2011 at 5:23pm

I get it. I need to work on my own soul first, and I am definitely a daily work in progress. I have days I want to let everyone know my "Secret" to happiness is in Christ and that there is someone who will love them no matter what they have done.

 

I keep thinking about growing up, if there had been only one person from the church who had cared enough to talk to my dad about Jesus instead of being more concerned about how many kids filled up the Sunday school bus wheh it drove through our neighborhood, then maybe things would have been different in his own life, and he wouldn't have taken out his troubles on me.

 

This could be the reason I feel so adamant about sharing His word with others. I want to make a difference in at least one person's life.

Comment by journeyman on June 13, 2011 at 5:37pm

When God calls you he sheds much light upon many situations. I will share a scripture with you.

Mark 8:34-38 relates to following Jesus and not being ashamed: "Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father's glory with the holy angels.'"

If you are going to follow Jesus you may loose some "friends". You are on the right track Alexina and prayer will be and is very powerful. Remember that  it is not about how you pray. Is it right? Is it wrong? Is it to short? It is about who you are praying too! God will hear your prayers. Your prayers for your friends are very powerful. God is the only one who can change their hearts. Remember that their "free will"  choosing God for themselves is what they need to do.  I have many friends who think I am "nuts" now. Because I love Jesus and have changed the way I live my life now. I only answer to one God.

You can tell them what you believe in. You can be an example of what the love of Jesus can mean to others. It sometimes is even family members who do not "understand" you and your Christianity. Prayerfully love them and be gentle to them with the strength given to you by our God. Stand firm and yet love them because God wants them to change their hearts too. It may take time. In God's will and time answers will come. Pray for and practice patience in all things.

You are loved by the Creator of all that is known and unknown. May you seek God's heart with passion and zeal!

Your friend and Brother in Christ,

journeyman

Comment by Alexina Van Doring on June 13, 2011 at 4:33pm

While becoming more enlighted about the word of God, I am also becoming more confused. I am now seeing people so differently that I used to consider friends before I began my journey with Jesus. Some I am afraid for, and some are frightening to me now.

 

One person claims to be involved in the paranormal. I always viewed it as a silly hobby for them, yet I now see the person as being a charlatan, a danger to themself and so wrong. I mistakenly thought the person was being fooled by the devil and I wanted to say open your eyes before it's too late because Satan is deceiving you. Then I learned through reading scripture that the person's very act of claiming what he sees to get other people to join a group makes them responsible for misleading other souls and so, is in fact the one who is deceiving. This makes me angry when I see ther person's facebook page inviting others to join paranormal investigations alongside "I am proud to be a Christian." Simply claimng to believe in Jesus and be a "true Christian" while also claiming to be abe to cleans people, talked to dead poeple, or can help others with demons and curses is frightening to me now, but I am still heartbroken by how mislead they are. How do I say to them they are wrong without sounding as though I am judging? In all honesty, I can't help not judging. I don't want to be around that kind of craziness. I personally feel that whatever they are trying to contact is not a ghost or a soul left behind because we go to only two places when we die, heaven and hell, so whatever they think they are dealing with absolutely cannot be good for them.

 

I'm not far enough into my journey to be Borg-Again to be able to take responsibility for this friend and be of any real help to them. I hope that by praying for them this will offer some help.

Comment by journeyman on June 9, 2011 at 11:15am

Dear Alexina,

No one starts out as a concert violinist. It takes desire, love , practice and work. As one who is beginning your journey with Jesus don't be to hard on yourself. You've heard of the old saying,"Practice makes perfect"? We must walk the walk and talk the talk. We must read God's word and understand that God is not a distant and cold God. He is close to us and loves us more than we can ever imagine! You are a Mom and have the oppurtunity to be an "example" of the love of Jesus to your Son and others you will meet. You see to all who accept Jesus as their Lord, savior and redeemer God gives us the Holy Spirit. God within us! God gives us himself in us to guide us!

We will all of us never be "perfect". Man is by nature sinful. Even the apostoles were sinful but they knew that God's gift of his love, his Son and the Holy Spirit are much stronger than any sin. So we practice what we preach! We live our life with Jesus as our guiding light. You will have trials, we all do. The difference now is we reach to God for our answers throughhis word. The Bible. You have come to a good place. If ever I can help you I would be honored.

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